A Courtly Check Christmas was the theme in our dining room last year. We tucked one of the slim line trees into the corner by the buffet, decked it with our special glass ornaments, and topped it with a wide silk ribbon in black and white plaid.
These courtly Check ornaments were a special highlight added just days before. Aren't they spectacular? Linda @ My Shabby Rose Cottage painted these.
Those of you have read previous posts may know of my fondness for MacKenzie-Childs and especially the pieces in the Courtly Check pattern. So the MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check chargers were a gift to myself last Christmas. I like the way the black and white checks look with our wedding china, Palermo Brown, by Richard Ginori. They provide an unexpected twist. The green beaded placemats were a Pottery Barn purchase a couple of years ago.
I often use cyclamen plants in both white and bright pink about the house during the holiday season for the delightful aromatic fragrance and the lasting blooms. Once Christmas is over, I plant them outside in the garden. Here in Texas, cyclamen are the perfect winter bloomer.
As a little party favor and to mark one's spot, I added a glittered glass ball at each place setting.
It's fun to send guests home with a little something, and what better treat than an ornament for one's own tree!
With the brown enamel of the Christophe Talisman silver and the brown and black accents of the plates, red napkins added a little punch and Christmas cheer to mix with the sparkly greens.
My contribution to the meal. . . I baked a fresh apple pie and served it with whipped cream and . . .